Charges Dropped Against Man Accused Of Raping Teen

Mecklenburg County authorities say all charges have been dropped against a man accused of raping his adopted, pregnant teenage sister, who was shot to death at a bus stop in Charlotte.

District Attorney Peter Gilchrist said Thursday the charges were dropped against 36-year-old Royce Mitchell because DNA evidence showed he wasn't the father of 15-year-old Tiffany Wright's baby.

Wright was eight months pregnant when she was shot to death while waiting for her school bus on Sept. 14, and her baby died about a week later. Mitchell had been charged with statutory rape and indecent liberties.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    GROSS. But wasn't he the one that shot her?
  • by This Proves One Thing on Oct 16, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    Just because he isn't the father, doesn't mean the rape didn't occur. Maybe she was already pregnant and he used this as an opportunity; knowing she wouldn't get pregnant by him. They must have had some evidence of rape to even charge him. There has to be more to this story than what's being told. Well...she's not around to tell.
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Oct 16, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    Charge first and ask questions later? Is that what they do in Charlotte? Lawsuit.
  • by HAPPENED TO ME Location: EVERYWHERE on Oct 16, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    I will be the first to say if a person is guilty of rape, incest of any sexual offense they should be punished and published. But we have to think about the people these charges are leveled against that are proved innocent. The person who is charged is named in papers and all other media. The victim is not, I can understand this part. But why not let's see if they are really guilty first. Then we can warn the public with as much media coverage as possible. I speak from the victim's side and still feel this way. This is a horrible thing to have to live with since I was never believed by my family, but I still feel we should be more careful of the person who is innocent. This can ruin the life of a good person.
  • by Richard Location: Edenton on Oct 16, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    What does DNA have to do with shooting the girl? If he was charged they sure needed more than I think he did it. I truly hope there is more to this story.

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